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Lancaster Caterers

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  • 6 years in business
  • 307 hires on Thumbtack
Allison L.
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Mike from Miranda's catering was extremely helpful throughout the whole process. The food was delicious, delivered on time and very well presented. Highly recommend.

  • 16 years in business
  • 64 hires on Thumbtack
Patty B.
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We hired Chef Myles and his Chefs 2Go for our company picnic; and it was a great success. He was available for my last minutes questions and requests, and he showed up on time and was ready to cook. Every one enjoyed the flavor of the food and the courteous service. I'd recommend Chef Myles and his Chefs 2 Go to anyone, and I will keep him in mind for our next catering events. Thank you Chef Myles!

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Stone Hill Catering
5.0
from 44 reviews
  • 29 years in business
  • 70 hires on Thumbtack
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Stacy R.
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Stone Hill Catering did such an amazing job at our December wedding!! They were incredibly easy to work with and responded so quickly to all my emails and questions. Melissa was so sweet and went above and beyond to make sure our day was perfect. The food was delicious and they even sent us a plate of appetizers to make sure we got to eat during our cocktail hour! We had so many guests commenting on how good the food was and asking the name of our caterer! Anytime I ever need a caterer, I will be calling you guys! Thanks again for everything!!

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  • 2 years in business
  • 39 hires on Thumbtack
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Paul S.
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Allison was a true pleasure to work with and an ultimate professional -- even more importantly, her appetizer creations for my cocktail event were deliciously devoured by my guests, each of whom asked for Allison's contact information. I should have kept her as "my secret" but Allison's skills with all-things-food is too special not to share. I will certainly use Allison again for my next catered event!

Culinary Architects
4.8
from 36 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
Lisa M.
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Culinary Architects did our holiday party and they were absolutely wonderful to work with, the food was delicious and everyone at our company loved it. I highly recommend Culinary Architects for your next catering event, you will not be disappointed.

DuJour Catering
4.4
from 33 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 56 hires on Thumbtack
Kylie H.
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Du Jour Catering is always a pleasure to work with. They always meet the meeds of their clients and are more than willing to sit down and discuss menu ideas with you.

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Bon Appetina Catering
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
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Louise B.
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I LOVE Bon Appetina Catering. The food is amazing and reasonably priced. She responds very quickly to an online order or even a phone call. The chicken turnovers are Amazing!! She is very willing to work any person to create a affordable menu.Have had many items and have never been disappointed!

  • 5 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Paul O.
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Soleia's Weddings and Event Planning did a WONDERFUL job organizing our work barbeque for 50 people. The food and service was excellent. I look forward to more events with them!

Papi Cuisine
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 4 years in business
Bam B.
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My experience with Papi Cuisine has always been nothing less than excellence their food not only looks good but taste even better you can tell every meal is prepared and given just as much as attention as the last wouldn’t choose another catering business over them

  • 2 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Daniele E.
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Great service, very personable and a joy to work with!

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Meyers catering
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
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LEE G.
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Wonderful first experience with Meyers Catering. They were punctual, friendly and very professional. The food was wonderful. Everyone enjoyed the food, sides and salads. We will be a repeat customer next year!

Black Tie Caterers
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Jenni B.
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Samuel was very accommodating and professional. His staff was excellent--best service we could have asked for!

  • 4 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Nyya A.
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Keisha did an amazing job. She works within your budget and goes beyond your ideas and expectations. I will be using her for more events to come.

Karen M.
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I have used Kara for two events and our third event is scheduled with her in 6 months. All of the events involved a unique menu that we requested. Kara is an outstanding individual to work with on an event. The quality of service she provides is excellent. Her diligent attention to all the details of the meal sets her apart. The food was delicious and served at the proper temperature. She anticipated our needs and was working to fulfill those needs even before we asked. We look forward to working with her again!

  • 5 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Paul O.
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Well let's see where do I begin! They catered our party last Saturday for my son's 16th birthday most of the food we ordered didn't show up, he showed up with no drinks which he was supposed to have, and he was bringing tables and chairs but he said his truck broke down let me know what half hour before the party started I had to scramble and stressed out and run all over the place to get them!he brought pasta salad and macaroni salad that was warm because it was not in coolers!not to mention he brought enough potato salad to feed 20 people when he knew we were having 100! He brought one grill to cook for 100 people! The ribs were really good but the hamburgers with all inside and the chicken was burned on the outside and pink on the inside! Was a bad experience I would never ever use him again!!!

  • 7 years in business
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My work stands out because of my attention to detail and excellence in customer service!

  • 12 years in business
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We do barbecue catering. We serve ribs, brisket, chicken, pit beef, pit ham, and pit turkey, plus all the typical BBQ sides and salads. All sauces and rubs are homemade by me.

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I provide the best catering service you will ever experience in a lifetime. I put everything I have into every dish I make. I come with a background of the food industry. I've worked with some of the best chefs I've ever known and learned a lot from each one of them. Now, here I am.

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We are a full-service catering company. We offer customized menus to meet your needs and budget. Tasteful Occasions caters all types of events. From backyard barbecues to elegant seven-course dinners, we do it all!

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We are well-known pizza and catering restaurant. We serve from pizzas, cheese steaks, wraps, salads and 3-foot party subs to Italian dinners. We have great customer service along with our professional team.

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How do you find a good caterer?

Reviews, interviews and menu tastings will help you find the right catering choice for your big day. Start by screening possible wedding caterers based on past reviews. If a caterer you are interested in has a review that concerns you, ask them about it; how they respond will be very telling. Next, ask about their availability for your wedding date.

If the wedding caterer is available on your date, it’s time to talk about menus and prices. Be clear about what your maximum budget is find out what choices this will allow you. Caterers may custom-create a menu for your event, or they may have menu templates within different price ranges that can guide your decision. A clear budget gives the caterer clear parameters within which to work and offer creative suggestions. Schedule a menu tasting to confirm you love your wedding menu. Once you have a menu and date, and have paid a deposit to reserve the caterer’s services, confirm additional details including when the food will be delivered to the site, what kind of service will be provided, how many servers will be onsite and for how long, and who is responsible for setup and cleanup. The more specific your contract, the fewer worries you’ll have on your wedding day. Get more smart hiring tips here.

How much does wedding catering cost per person?

Wedding catering costs will always vary based on the number of guests you’re inviting, the menu you want to serve, and the way the food will be served to your guests. As you interview wedding catering companies, you’ll be presented with a cost per person for various menus. On the low end, wedding catering may cost approximately $15-$18 per person. This would include prepared food only, with no setup or service of any kind. The starting price for a simple buffet meal with minimal service typically averages $22 per person. Opting for the same menu with all organic ingredients could raise your costs to about $33 per person. A moderately upscale menu (finer ingredients, more elaborate presentation) could range from $24 to $34 per person. High-end wedding catering cost truly has no limit. Lobster, filet mignon, specialty seafood, organic ingredients — menu choices like these can boost your cost per person up to $150 and more.

What should you look for in a caterer?

A delicious meal is a critical element of a successful wedding, with happy guests fondly remembering your fabulous wedding food. The right caterer for you will be:

  • Available: Even the best caterer is no good if they aren’t available on your wedding date. Ask early before you get your heart set on someone.
  • Affordable for you: Find a caterer that you can afford. Having a spending plan ahead of time will mean you won’t overspend on food.
  • A good personality fit: Wedding planning is stressful, so work with someone that you can get along with and communicate with easily.
  • Experienced and recommended: Ensure the company has a proven track record with events of your size and the references to back it up.
  • Transparent about money: Steer clear of shady pricing. Find a caterer who is very clear about costs and is happy to talk you through budgets and pricing options.
  • Transparent about food: Find someone who is clear about where they source their food from and where it is prepared.

How much should catering cost for a wedding?

The cost of wedding catering will reflect the level of service, the menu you choose, the luxury you desire and the number of guests you invite. Where you live also plays a major role in your wedding catering costs. The regional cost to do business and local cost of food will affect your catering bill. There is no set price for wedding catering, because each wedding and each menu is different. This is why many caterers provide a per-person price. This allows you to break down what it costs to feed each person based on the menu you want. Working with your caterer, you can adjust menu items, service level and more to accommodate your budget and guest count. Keep in mind that wedding catering costs are not just for the food. The bill reflects all the components that go into commercial food catering: a commercial kitchen, ingredients, staff, insurance, marketing and more. Here are some examples of average costs:

  • Three-course plated meal, moderately upscale, for 125 in Los Angeles: $14,000. Because of staffing costs, a true plated meal costs about twice as much as a staff-assisted buffet.
  • Buffet meal, standard menu, for 100 in Los Angeles: $5,000.
  • Per-person cost for hors d'oeuvres, dinner and nonalcoholic beverages: $24–$37, depending on menu selection, in Southern California.
  • Drop off prepared food for 50: $1,000 in North Carolina. Price does not include any service, setup or breakdown.

How do you serve food at a wedding?

Food service at your wedding will affect your catering costs and influence the atmosphere of the reception. Buffet style is more informal; plated meals are a bit fancier; family style encourages sharing. Read about the different food service styles to select your preferred wedding catering choice.

  • Buffet: Caterers can drop off prepared foods for a DIY and budget-friendly buffet option where you set everything up and food is entirely self-service. For a fuller-service buffet, the caterers set up food, oversee the buffet throughout the event, and clean up afterwards. For food only, prices per person might average $16-$18, while a service buffet may start around $20-$22 per person. Adding food stations can increase per-person costs by at least $3-$5.
  • Family style: Servers bring large platters of food to guest tables in courses. It’s less formal (and less expensive) than a plated meal, but more formal and higher-cost than a buffet. You’ll need large tables to accommodate the platters, so plan accordingly when renting furniture for the event.
  • Plated: A plated event is a formal dining experience; waitstaff serve your seated guests for each course, fill their drinks, and attend to them throughout the dinner. A plated dinner is typically the most expensive option for both food and service.
  • Food trucks: Similar to buffets, with food trucks your guests get their own food and bring it to their table. A food truck gives a relaxed and playful vibe to your reception.
  • Cocktail reception: If you don’t want a formal seated dinner, you can opt for a wide assortment of passed appetizers at an extended cocktail hour reception.

Actual Requests

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Need Buffet Catering Services

Bellefonte, PA

  • Type of catering needed
    Buffet
  • Interested in the following cuisine
  • Head count
  • Details
    Picnic style bbq wedding. Hot and mild wings a must. Pulled pork, mac and cheese, pasta salad, potato salad, and seasoned green beans are what we would like. Family will provide baked beans. Held at a camp ground. No kitchen on premisus. Will not need linens. Would like paper plates and plastic wear.

Need a Caterer for Plated Dinner Party

Washington, DC

  • Event type
    Plated dinner party
  • Cuisine type
    Formal American
  • Number of people
    More than 200
  • Additional Service(s)
    Appetizers, Beverages (non-alcoholic), Beverages (alcoholic), Staff / Server(s) / Bartender(s), Other (Cocktail hour with appetizers)
  • Details
    Would like ... Date: November 15, 2013 Place: Building Museum Attendees: 500 expected Cocktail hour Light appetizers beginning 5:30pm ending at 6:30pm Dinner Dinner start time: 6:45pm 50 tables - 10 per table Plated - salad, dinner, desert Drinks - water, tea, lemonade, wine (red & white)

Need Catering Service on June 1, 2013

Bethesda, MD

  • Event type
    Buffet dinner party
  • Cuisine type
    Casual American
  • Number of people
    25-50
  • Additional Service(s)
    Appetizers, Staff / Server(s) / Bartender(s)
  • Details
    50 people. Party room in a condo high rise. I will supply booze and beverages; need bartender. Caterer to supply hor d' erves and buffet dinner
  • $35.75
    Average price
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